Joyce Pipkin is originally from the Chicago area and now lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband, John who is a professional pilot with a passion for aviation ministries. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and worked in the mortgage banking industry for over 25 years before moving to the South. After relocating in 1997, she was self-employed for over 10 years as an Instructional Designer and Trainer for companies around the country.
In 1998 Joyce and John became active in the Outreach Ministries of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Columbia and volunteered to travel to Haiti for the first time in 2001 to visit and report on their church’s supported mission site and its 20 sponsored students. Haiti captured their hearts and Joyce committed to coordinate Saint Mary’s education sponsorship programs at Les Cayes and Cavaillon in the far southwest of Haiti. Since that time, she has continued to visit Haiti three times each year, introducing mission teams to the joy of God’s blessings through the gift of education given by our donors to now more than 300 students each year.
In 2012 the administration of these programs transitioned to Education Equals Hope. Joyce continues to follow her passion to help the children and young adults of Haiti as a volunteer coordinator, short-term mission leader and board member for E=H. She and her husband, John enjoy spending time with their family of 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren as well as flying, traveling and sharing about the variety of missions God sends them on. They hope to continue to serve under the theme of “Here I Am, Lord” and are thankful for the health, strength and resources with which God has blessed them.